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From Genesis to Prehistory: The Archaeological Three Age System and its Contested Reception in Denmark, Britain, and Ireland

Peter Rowley-Conwy

Abstract

We are now familiar with the Three Age System, the archaeological partitioning of the past into Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. This division, which amounted at the time to a major scientific revolution, was conceived in Denmark in the 1830s. Peter Rowley-Conwy investigates the reasons why the Three Age system was adopted without demur in Scandinavian archaeological circles, yet was the subject of a bitter and long-drawn-out contest in Britain and Ireland, up to the 1870s.

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199227747.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Rowley-Conwy, author